[Numpy-discussion] VMWare Virtual Appliance of Ubuntu with numpy, scipy, matplotlib, and ipython available

Bill Baxter wbaxter at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 22:27:33 EDT 2007

For those who are not aware, I have just discovered that the graphics
performance of VMWare Player is *MUCH* better than that of VMWare
Server.  The latter is apparently optimized for disconnected headless
operation and access via a network, and so it uses some heavyweight
remote protocol for all graphics, while the former is optimized for
local, interactive use and basic desktop graphics are quite zippy.

On the other hand, VMWare Tools doesn't seem to be available under
Player.  Fortunately, Player seems to be able to work with VMWare
Tools that were installed under Server.

Unfortunately Server and Player can't both be installed at the same
time.  And Player can't create new VM's.  So maybe the best bet is to
install Server first, create any new VMs you want to create, set them
up with the VMWare Tools, then switch to VMWare Player to get the
improved graphics performance.  VMWare Player can use the vm's created
by Server just fine.


On 6/10/07, Andrew Straw <strawman at astraw.com> wrote:
> This is a note to announce the availability of a VMWare Virtual
> Appliance with Ubuntu linux with numpy, scipy, matplotlib, and ipython
> installed.
> This should make it relatively easy to try out the software. The VMWare
> Player and VMWare Server are available for no cost from
> http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ and
> http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
> The download URL is:
> http://mosca.caltech.edu/outgoing/Ubuntu%207.04%20for%20scientific%20computing%20in%20Python.zip
> The username is "ubuntu" and the password is "abc123". The network will
> share the host's interface using NAT. The md5sum is
> 4191e13abda1154c94e685ffdc0f829b.
> I have updated http://scipy.org/Download with this information.
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